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Wayne State Athletes Receive Player To Watch Honors From NSIC

Posted: 26 August, 2015

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By: Aaron Scheffler
WAYNE – Wayne State College offers five varsity sports during the fall season: Women’s and Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, and Football. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released players to watch this season for Wayne State earlier in the month of August.
For the Women’s Cross Country (Andrea DeSimone), Men’s Cross Country (Justin Brueggemann), Volleyball (Leisa McClintock), Women’s Soccer offensive player (Josie Brown) and defensive player (Natalie Poppe), and football offensive player (Zach Osborn) and defensive player (Shawn Barker).
Andrea DeSimone said receiving this honor brings a lot of pressure and she is trying to lead the team as best as she can.
“I’d love just to be the best that I can,” said DeSimone. “And try to bring our team up in the rankings as much as possible.”
Justin Brueggemann mentioned that it feels really good on receiving this honor. It makes the hard work he does in-season and out of season worth it.
“Because that is where all the time is spent,” mentioned Brueggemann. “Not in actually the season it’s outside the season.”
Natalie Poppe said it feels really good to come pretty far from her freshman year till now building with the team.
“It’s cool to see how I’ve progressed,” said Poppe. “Not only myself but then as a team how we’ve progressed through the years since I’ve been here as a freshman and how much farther we got.”
Going into her senior year, Josie Brown said it is a nice thing to have.
“Just kind of a confidence booster,” said Brown. “It’s just something to work up to think.”
Wildcat Senior Setter, Leisa McClintock said it is a little overwhelming but she does not really get into worrying about it too much.
“Personally I wouldn’t be able to do what I can do without my teammates,” said McClintock. “I think as a team were all people to watch and I think that is where the focus should be and not on me.”
The Wildcat Football offensive player to watch, Zach Osborn said it’s nice but not something really huge to him.
“I mean it’s kind of cool me and Barker have been roommates for four years,” said Osborn. “It’s kind of cool him being the player for the defense and me for the offense.”
For Shawn Barker he did not expect to be voted as the defensive player to watch for WSC and it means a lot to him.
“I just got to live up to it now,” said Barker. “I mean I got a great roommate (Osborn), good motivator, so he helps too.”

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